[Newsletter] February 1 – Tu B’Shvat on Your Terms

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Tu B’Shvat on Your Terms

[Image: Photo Alt]We’re excited to share our newly updated “Healthy & Sustainable Tu B’Shvat Resources,” where we share tips and suggestions for ways you can get into the spirit of the holiday while celebrating your values of living well by the earth. We’ve got a recipe for Homemade Fig Newtons, sources for local wheat and dates, and a full aray of tips to make your Tu B’Shvat great, including the Hazon Tu B’Shvat Hagaddah and Leader’s Guide. Whether you’ll be diving into Jewish tradition at a Tu B’Shvat seder, or just giving your favorite tree a hug, we hope you have a great holiday!

Healthy, Sustainable Tu B’Shvat Resources

More Hazon Tu B’Shvat Events:


New Route for 2012 Israel Ride

[Image: Bike Israel From Top to Bottom]


Our new route for 2012 includes two days of cycling through the northern forests followed by three days in the south, riding on the open roads in the Negev desert. Highlights include:

  • Visiting the bird sanctuary in the Hula Valley
  • Climbing the Golan Heights (strong riders only)
  • Cycling around the majestic Kinneret
  • Entering Eilat for a final ride to the Red Sea

As always, we will offer three routes appropriate for various cycling levels, all of which are fully supported. Also new for 2012, we have limited scholarships available for those who are under 35 or those who have not been to Israel in over 10 years (or never before).

More Information and Registration



Pinot & Pomegranate

The Best Tu B’Shvat Party in NYC

[Image: Pinot and Pomegranate]Wednesday, February 8, 2012

8 PM – 12 AM

Roulette Intermedium

509 Atlantic Ave. at 3rd Ave. Brooklyn, NY

NEW! See the delicious menu prepared by Adamah Foods:

  • Pomegranate Panna Cotta
  • Date & Almond Bar
  • Grilled figs with Adamah Chevre
  • Olive Oil Caramel Cake

$18 advance, $24 at the door

Includes drinks, dessert, live music

Dietary laws observed

More Information | Purchase Tickets



A Successful Bike to the Beach in San Francisco

[Image: Photo Alt]Hazon hosted the first ever Bay Area Bike to the Beach this past Sunday, January 29th. There were groups of riders that rode from four starting locations around the Bay Area and converged at Ocean Beach.

It was a beautiful day with great urban cycling and culminated with a vegetarian, organic lunch and celebration at the ocean.

See Photos from the Beach



Why I Ride: Julia Schlesinger, Cross-USA Rider

By Julia Schlesinger, 2012 Cross-USA Rider

[Image: Julia Schlesinger]After a choking year at college, I find myself a freshman-in-recovery in Amherst, Massachusetts. The smells of not-home filter through me: my mom is not cooking cinnamon toast, I no longer breathe in the honey-roasted “Nuts for Nuts” street stands of New York City, my original home. Mornings now are a furious charge towards the double (so very suburban) doors of my apartment, and onto my Beloved – a snazzy, now-snowtired Bianchi, covered in Yiddish stickers, rust, and life experience. Chronically late, I load up my mule with love and desperation. Hastily shoved into my orange Camelbak: my uniform for my cafe job, a book whose weight will make my back scream in an hour, and lights for the return trip home through the uncushioned dark of the Pioneer Valley.

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Ride with Hazon in the 5 Boro Bike Tour

5 Boro Bike Tour is May 6th; Enter Lotter by February 7th

[Image: Photo Alt]There is only one week left to enter the lottery for the 5 Boro Bike Tour. While Hazon does not have an official team, we encourage all Hazon friends to enter the lottery for a chance to participate in the largest organized bike ride in America. As in past years, Hazon will organize a meeting point at Columbus Circle for those who want to ride together (and start ahead of the masses!). The Ride itself is on May 6th, but lottery entry closes on February 7th.

More Information and Lottery Entry


Local Events and Features

from our Partners and Friends



Tree b’Earthday: Tu B’Shvat Retreat at Isabella Freedman

[Image: Trees]February 3 – 5, 2012

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center

Falls Village, CT

Hazon is proud to co-sponsor a very special “Tree b’Earthday” with a pluralistic ecologically engaged Jewish community the week before Tu b’Shvat at Isabella Freedman.The weekend includes spirited egalitarian Shabbat services, guided hikes, workshops, farm-to-table kosher dining, and a beautiful Tu B’Shvat seder on Saturday night.

More Information and Registration




Tu B’Shvat Adult Seder at Urban Adamah

[Image: Figs and Dates]Tuesday, February 7, 2012 7:00 PM – 9:15 PM

Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St, Berkeley, CA

Facilitated by Urban Adamah and Hazon staff

$20 per person,
$25 at the door,
plus a can of food for the food bank.

Adults Only;
Includes a local, organic, vegetarian dinner.

More Information | Registration


Tu B’Shvat in the Redwoods

with Wilderness Torah

[Image: Tu B'Shvat at Wilderness Torah]Sunday, February 12, 2012

10:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Redwood Regional Park

Enjoy sitting amongst our elders, the great Redwoods, as Wilderness Torah celebrates Tu B’Shvat, through a Kabbalistic four worlds seder in the morning and text study, plant walks, and activities in the afternoon.

More Information


Hazon Hosts Wilderness First Aid Class

[Image: Photo Alt]March 22-23, 8 AM – 5 PM

BJE (Bureau of Jewish Education)

639 14th Ave., San Francisco

Wilderness first aid is the specific discipline of First Aid which relates to care in remote areas, where emergency medical services will be difficult to obtain or will take a long time to arrive.

Hazon is partnering with Foster Calm to offer a WFA class with lots of hands-on skills practice. The emphasis is on making good decisions by staying calm and safe, doing a good patient assessment, and having good communication and leadership. We will spend a little time framing this course in Jewish texts and teachings.

More Information


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